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WGP Releases E-Ranger
by Bill Mills
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On July 19th, 2002 Worr Game Products, manufacturers of the Autococker and B.O.S.S. paintgun product lines released their first electronic paintgun.
The E-Ranger takes its name from the Ranger paintgun, a Nelson valve based pump produced by WGP in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Aside from the name, little is the same between the Ranger and E-Ranger.
The E-Ranger is also a different design than the Autococker semiauto, but shares compatibility on a number of parts. It is of a stacked tube, blowback design, with an electronic triggering system that uses a solenoid to release the sear from the hammer.
While the E-Ranger’s name was not yet announced, many players were able to get a preview look at it during the 2002 NPPL Chicago Open. One of the first noticed features when holding the E-Ranger is the materials quality. The anodizing quality, polish, and grade of aluminum used give it a sharp, clean look a step ahead of most paintguns in it’s price class.
The body accepts Autococker threaded barrels, and uses Autococker style ball detents, providing compatibility with existing accessories. As a nice extra, the gas fittings match industry standards. The drop forward uses dual inline screw placement to mount. The ASA connection slides onto the drop forward with a dovetail mount, providing compatibility with slide on compressed air regulators, and various gas mount accessories from every major aftermarket brand name.
Additionally, the ASA includes an on/off pin depressor, and is hosed to a gas thru grip in the paintgun’s vertical ASA. All gas fitting connections are either ASA or 1/8”NPT, giving full aftermarket compatibility with expansion chambers, other gas thru grips, vertical regulators, or even old-school vertical CO2 tank placement.
One of the E-Ranger’s most impressive features is the price tag – an MSRP of $250, which means players will probably be able to get them for around $200 to $230. According to WGP’s Sonny Lopez, the Ranger is meant to give players the rate of fire provided by an electronic marker, the reliability and service that WGP is known for, “and not spend the months rent check.”
The E-Ranger only features a semi-automatic firing mode. There are no options for burst or full auto, and no data displays. The philosophy behind this is that the new paintgun will be fully tournament legal, compliant with the upcoming ASTM standards for paintgun manufacturers, and providing reliable action on the field.
“Basically it comes down to reliability is more important than being able to change your marker's settings in the middle of a game and shoot someone 6 times by pressing the trigger some special way,” said Lopez.
With it’s official release on the 19th of July, the E-Ranger will begin appearing on paintball store shelves across the US.
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